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Assessing the Level of eHealth in Africa using Nigeria as a model; Barriers and Innovations

Obinna Emmanuel Ezeani

Despite the growing global success in eHealth and the transition of health care systems to a more accessible form for all (eHealth), not all countries find it easy to adopt and adapt this trending health care format. Most countries are posed with huge challenges to the eHealth transition. This study is aimed to highlight some challenges faced by most countries especially the Low- and Middle- Income Countries (LMIC) in Africa, using Nigeria as a model, in the transition to and adoption of eHealth. There are a number of possible challenges/barriers to the adoption of eHealth in Nigeria some of which includes; Level of education and literacy of the general public, Poor Leadership and Governance, Poor internet services and technology, Legislation, Policy & Compliance, Infrastructure, Workforce, and so on thus, for a full-scale implementation of eHealth the aforementioned must be properly considered and solutions proffered. Some of such solutions include; implementation of robust Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in primary health care centers across the nation, regular dissemination of the right health information to a targeted population (patients, caregivers, etc.).